Shabbat Zimrah

Shabbat Zimrah will continue to be held approximately once a month, incorporating the Zimrah musicians (Yuval Ron on oud  - from Israel; Ava Nahas on percussion – from Egypt; Marla Leigh Goldstein on flute and percussion – from the United States.) Shabbat Zimrah is a soulful and spiritual experience of music, connection, and community. Our instrumentalists provide a Middle-Eastern feeling and a connection to the land of Israel.  Their varied backgrounds display an awareness and intention of healing between peoples and faiths. This monthly Shabbat program will be supported financially by the General Budget. 
Upcoming 2018 Dates
February 16 at 7:30 pm
March 16 at 7:30 pm
April 20 at 7:30 pm 
May 18 at 7:30 pm
June 8 at 7:30 pm

Zimrah B’yachad (Joyful Music Together) Program made possible by Drs. Barry Silverman and Barry Lowitz in honor and memory of Linda Lowitz at University Synagogue

The brand new Zimrah B’yachad program at University, in honor and memory of Linda Lowitz, provides a number of added benefits to our community:
  • A recording of Shabbat Zimrah songs is currently being recorded and will be made available to our community. The recording will allow our membership the opportunity to learn through music. Text will be provided, allowing the adult listener further insight into our Jewish tradition.
  • Percussion instruments will be purchased and made available for use in our ECLC (Early Childhood Learning Center) and our Religious School.
  • Brock Pollock, a musician and educator, has been engaged to teach a school-year-long percussion and movement program to our smallest members in the ECLC.
  • Marla Leigh Goldstein will be engaged to run a day-long program for parents in the ECLC, Religious School and Tichon. The program will focus on Tof Miriam – an ancient frame drum traditionally connected to Miriam the prophet. Our parents will experience community and will learn about Jewish traditions. 
  • Ava Nahas, a percussionist and educator with an expansive knowledge of Middle Eastern drumming techniques, has been engaged to teach a school-year-long program to our older students in Religious School and Tichon, introducing the children to percussion traditions from around the world – including the Middle East. Children who participate in this program will be invited to participate musically in Shabbat Zimrah.
While supporting our successful Shabbat Zimrah program, this adds further value for our members at different learning stages. Our youngest members in the ECLC will connect to our tradition through music and movement and will feel at home when coming to services for Shabbat Zimrah. They also will gain from music and movement in a developmental mode as young learners. Our older students will learn about the significance of Middle-Eastern music in a comparative setting, learning that musical traditions span cultures and can create connections between people from vastly different cultures and backgrounds. They will experience learning and camaraderie simultaneously and will have the chance to experience music in community as part of Shabbat services. Our parents will connect to community and tradition through learning about tof Miram.